The hearing today regarding the unsealing of the Grand Jury Indictment of Assange was postponed according to the Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks who was at the scene.(Picture below as she enters courthouse).
The Judge Leonie Brinkema at the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) “national security” court complex heard both sides of the argument today and postponed her decision. She was nominated by none other than President Bill Clinton himself and is the most liberal judge in a courthouse full of Conservatives. According to John Kiriakou, former CIA agent tried for exposing the CIA’s torture program, in his interview with Suzie Dawson:
this court is known as the “espionage” court and no national security defendant has ever won a court case ever. See video here. This is not only disturbing but gives another reason why Julian Assange cannot be extradited to face charges in this court of law. This judge is well known for her outrageous sentencing for crimes. See Wikipedia here.
Stefania Maurizi was able to visit with Julian Assange at the Embassy this week and her statements on his condition made it very obvious that the last 8 months have further deteriorated his already volatile condition. However, his psychological status seemed very good. According to her article, seen here, she wrote:
“After eight months of failed attempts, la Repubblica was finally able to visit the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after the current Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno had cut him off from all contacts last March with the exception of his lawyers. No contact with friends, stars, journalists, no phone calls, no internet access. Indeed a very heavy isolation regime for anyone, but for Julian Assange in particular, considering that he has been confined to that tiny embassy for the last six years, and also considering that for Assange the internet is not an optional like any other: it’s his world.
As soon as we saw him, we realised he has lost a lot of weight. Too much. He is so skinny. Not even his winter sweater can hide his skinny shoulders. His nice-looking face, captured by photographers all around the world, is very tense. His long hair and beard make him look like a hermit, though not a nutter: as we exchange greetings, he seems very lucid and rational.”
In recent weeks, the Ecuadorian Embassy through it’s protocol has made new rules only allowing visitors during business hours. Assange was denied access to his lawyers for 4 days due to a holiday taken by Embassy staff and was also denied food during this time. Last weekend, they denied access to his legal team as well who were preparing for today’s court hearing. 8 months of torture followed by the most unreasonable set of rules is far beyond what any political prisoner who has ever been tried has ever had to endure. Julian Assange is the United States most persecuted journalist possibly in the history of the country. When have you ever heard of a publisher or journalist being tortured due to pressure from the United States government?
In other news, the Guardian published a very detrimental fake article about Paul Manafort supposedly visiting Assange in the Embassy. However, there is no truth to this story and the story was quickly edited but the damage had already been done. Wikileaks’ lawyers will be suing the Guardian for slander and libel charges.
The Ecuadorian Embassy has always kept records of visitors and there is no proof of Manafort having ever visited. Former Embassy employees have also vindicated this statement. See Stefania Maurizi’s quote below:
The constant barrage of smears against Assange from the Guardian, which are simply fake news, have to stop. The Guardian itself were partially responsible for the arrest of Assange in the UK in 2010 as he came to help them. This is not a news organization but writers of a fictional plagiaristic ongoing novel. Please boycott the Guardian in defense of Assange.
Please keep in mind that the arrest and prosecution of Julian Assange would set a dangerous precedent for press freedom in the future. If Assange is found guilty of these charges, shouldn’t the New York Times who published Comey’s memos, the Washington Post who published Trump’s phone calls and the Guardian itself who published the Snowden files also be prosecuted? Who next then? Anyone who has ever written stories based on these documents? Isn’t it our right, (as citizens of the United States who own this government and not the other way around), to know what our government is hiding from us that is corrupt and illegal? Even the CIA and NSA represent We The People and we choose who represents us.
I am calling on you as worldwide citizens to take a stand against a terrible atrocity against an innocent man. Please write those who represent you demanding that Assange is freed immediately, in the UK that Assange is given free passage and in Ecuador that your President either restore Assange’s right or step down. This has to end before our freedoms are taken away completely. You can also call your representatives and leaders and leave a message. If we stand up united and enough people do these 2 things, we may see Assange a free man in the future. If we remain complacent and inactive it is inevitable their our free press and free speech will no longer exist.
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